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  1. Hello, and welcome to
    Austin Community College.

  2. Congratulations on becoming a Riverbat!
  3. You're about to embark on your
    area of study information session.
  4. My name is Heather Beels.
    I'm an advising specialist here at ACC.
  5. Hello, my name is David Zuniga.
    I'm an advising supervisor here at ACC.
  6. Today's goals are to explore programs,
    careers, transfer opportunities
  7. within your area of study, confirm your
    interest in your area of study,
  8. and explore ACC resources, as well as
    discuss key educational expectations.
  9. First, you'll hear from your
    area of study faculty coordinator,
  10. who will share specific information
    related to your area of study programs,
  11. credentials you can earn,
    resources available at ACC,
  12. and career information
    related to your area of study.
  13. On behalf of the Austin
    Community College faculty,
  14. we welcome you to the Liberal Arts
    area of study information session.
  15. I'm Kerri Pope, professor of philosophy.
  16. Hi, I'm Dr. Wayne Butler,
    professor of General Studies
  17. and Technical Communications.
  18. We are here today to inform you,
    inspire you, and guide you
  19. on your educational journey.
  20. Today, we'll help you explore the Liberal
    Arts area of study programs,
  21. careers and transfer opportunities,
    and we'll also discuss ACC resources,
  22. and get you on the path to success
    in your chosen area of study.
  23. Welcome to the Liberal Arts
    area of study! You're gonna love it.
  24. [Kerri] Wayne, what's an area of study?
    I'm not sure everyone knows what that is.
  25. [Wayne] Well, an area of study
    is a collection of programs
  26. that have things in common,
    like courses, skills, and perspectives.
  27. [Kerri] Yes, like a common way
    of looking at the world?
  28. [Wayne] And also a common focus
    on critical thinking and writing.
  29. [Kerri] How about common transfer paths?
  30. [Wayne] Yes, all these things help
    unite an area of study.
  31. [Kerri] So the Liberal Arts area of study
    is a group of programs that focus on
  32. similar skills, courses,
    and transfer paths.
  33. [Wayne] Yes, exactly. But do you know why
  34. we call this collection
    of programs "Liberal Arts"?
  35. [Kerri] Historically, doesn't it go
    back to Greek antiquity?
  36. To the Athenians and the first democracy?
  37. [Wayne] That's right. Over three thousand
    years ago, the Athenians formed one of
  38. the first democracies; that is,
  39. a government of the people,
    by the people, for the people.
  40. They understood that if citizens were to
    participate in their government
  41. effectively, they needed deep knowledge
    about social issues of societal
  42. importance, and the skills to think
    critically about those issues.
  43. But if we go back to the Latin roots
    of the term "liberal,"
  44. we learn it means
    "worthy of a free person."
  45. In the case of the arts, the Latin
    meaning was "technique" or "skills."
  46. So the liberal arts focuses on
    the skills needed by free people
  47. to participate in the legal, civic,
    and commercial arenas of their lives.
  48. So they studied subjects that gave them
    a broad understanding of the world
  49. around them, and allowed them to think
    critically about their own world.
  50. Boy, the liberal arts have a long
    and glorious history indeed.
  51. It does have a long history, but that
    doesn't mean it's stuck in the past.
  52. The liberal arts has contemporary
    practical applications as well.
  53. Right you are, Wayne! Liberal arts
    truly equates to critical job skills.
  54. The Athenians were on to something.
    An educated populace is very valuable.
  55. Over 80 percent of employers want their
    employees to have some level
  56. of liberal arts knowledge.
  57. The liberal arts aid in communication,
    problem-solving, and decision-making.
  58. But the liberal arts also offers
    insights into other cultures—
  59. anthropology, sociology,
    geography, foreign language.
  60. These subjects delve into
    cultures around the globe,
  61. and offer perspectives on
    our own culture in comparison.
  62. [Wayne] But it is also about exploration.
  63. We live in such a fascinating world,
    and the liberal arts give us a chance
  64. to explore that world
    through so many lenses.
  65. [Kerri] Lenses? Can you explain?
  66. [Wayne] The Liberal Arts at Austin
    Community College consists of
  67. twelve different programs
    that offer us a view of the world
  68. from their own unique perspectives.
  69. A philosopher is interested in
    the study of knowledge and ethics,
  70. while a sociologist looks at
    inequality in cultural dynamics.
  71. Psychology majors like to figure out
    what makes people tick,
  72. while the subject of geography
    examines how where you live
  73. impacts your life.
  74. As shown on the Venn diagram here,
  75. the programs within the
    Liberal Arts are like lenses;
  76. that is, different perspectives
    on the exploration and examination
  77. of the human experience.
  78. And while they overlap with one another,
    together they all contribute
  79. to the core skills of liberal arts, such
    as civic awareness, critical thinking,
  80. cultural awareness, ethical reasoning,
    interpersonal skills,
  81. life and personal skills, research skills,
  82. and written oral and
    visual communications.
  83. So no matter what Liberal Arts
    major you focus on,
  84. by the end of your ACC experience
    in the liberal arts,
  85. you'll be proficient in
    core knowledge and skills.
  86. Now, let's take a look at individual
    programs to explore the focus of each.
  87. As an English major, you'll study the
    various ways English speakers have and
  88. continue to use language to create
    literary art, and to communicate in
  89. different ways for different
    audiences and purposes.
  90. English majors can enter various fields
    where critical reading, writing,
  91. and communication are crucial skills.
  92. English is a great foundation for those
    interested in going into teaching,
  93. writing and communications,
    as well as the law.
  94. ACC English majors often transfer
    into Bachelor degree programs
  95. at four-year colleges, as is the case
    with most Liberal Art degrees at ACC.
  96. Anthropologists study people and
    cultures around the world,
  97. their evolutionary history, and how
    they adapt to their environments.
  98. Anthropologists can study archaeology,
    linguistics, and even forensics.
  99. ACC offers Associate's of Arts
    in Anthropology
  100. and an Associate of Science
    in Archaeology.
  101. Austin Community College's
    Interdisciplinary Studies program
  102. recognizes that culture, history,
    politics, civil society, and religion,
  103. as well as science and technology,
    are interwoven and interconnected.
  104. Degree specializations include
    American, Mexican-American/Chicano,
  105. and Peace and Conflict Studies.
  106. Winston Churchill famously said,
  107. "Those who fail to learn history
    are doomed to repeat it."
  108. Historians broaden our understanding
    of our world by objectively viewing
  109. civilizations and our own
    national and state heritage.
  110. Economics examines how individuals
    and groups, including companies
  111. and governments, decide how they
    will use limited resources to produce
  112. and distribute goods and services.
  113. Learning a foreign language opens
    a door to a world of opportunities.
  114. It enhances your marketability
    in most careers,
  115. and expands your cultural understanding
  116. and ability to communicate
    in a global society.
  117. Degree specializations include
    Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese,
  118. German, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.
  119. The Ancient Greek philosopher
    Socrates said, quote,
  120. "The unexamined life is not worth living."
  121. And he believed philosophy,
    the love of wisdom,
  122. was the most important pursuit of all.
  123. Philosophy is a collection of disciplines
    designed to deepen your understanding
  124. of yourself, the world around you,
    and the relationship between the two.
  125. The Philosophy program helps you
    articulate what you think and why.
  126. Many a law school student
    starts with Philosophy major.
  127. Sociology seeks to answer questions
    about why people think and act
  128. the way they do, through the study
    of structural and cultural patterns
  129. and social dynamics.
  130. As a student of sociology, you'll learn
    how to gather and interpret information—
  131. in itself a set of very marketable skills—
  132. and to detect social forces that
    other people often take for granted.
  133. The Sociology program at Austin
    Community College has a
  134. strong emphasis on social justice.
  135. The study of government involves
    analyzing individual and group behaviors
  136. and outcomes in local state,
    national, and international politics.
  137. To fulfill your birthright as a
    participant in self-government,
  138. you need knowledge of how and why
    things work, and the way they do—
  139. just as the Athenians intended
  140. Psychologists study human
    behavior in the brain,
  141. including healthy and
    abnormal brain functions,
  142. and the brain's role in language
    development, thinking skills,
  143. and physical movement.
  144. Psychology also examines social,
    cross-cultural, and gender perspectives.
  145. Geographers look at the interaction
    of human and natural environments,
  146. movement, and regions.
  147. But Wayne, what if you don't know
    what you want to study?
  148. Think about studying liberal arts.
  149. You get to explore wide range of ideas
    until one sparks your passion.
  150. Austin Community College's
    General Studies degree is for students
  151. who are uncertain of their career plans,
  152. or would like to benefit from two years
    of a broad, general college education.
  153. Curriculum has been adapted to allow
    students to explore several subject areas.
  154. Faculty advisors can help you create
    a course plan designed for either
  155. university transfer,
    or entering the workforce.
  156. I see what you mean about lenses, Wayne.
  157. Each program looks at the world
    we live in, our history, and ourselves,
  158. but in its own particular way.
    That is very valuable!
  159. Indeed, and as we'll see in more detail
    later in this presentation,
  160. it turns out what employers are looking
    for are critical thinkers who can
  161. research, solve problems, collaborate,
    and communicate with a wide range
  162. of people and personalities
    connected into the global economy.
  163. In some ways, it's never been a better
    time to be a Liberal Arts major.
  164. In fact, why don't you lead us
    in the details, Kerri?
  165. Wayne, it is a great time
    to be a Liberal Arts major.
  166. As numerous studies indicate,
  167. the future earning potential for students
    increases with educational attainment!
  168. That's right, Kerri!
  169. With the rising cost of college,
    some in society have questioned
  170. the usefulness or return on
    investment of a college education,
  171. and especially one in the liberal arts.
  172. But let's take a look at what the U.S.
    Department of Labor reveals about
  173. the value of attending college.
  174. What we notice is, the more education
    one has, the more money they might make,
  175. while reducing chances of unemployment.
  176. You'll note at the bottom of the
    chart that even some college
  177. could lead to more income
    than no college at all.
  178. The key things to keep in mind
    is that you don't need to climb
  179. this ladder from some college
    to PhD in one mad dash.
  180. Most of us who hold advanced degrees
    climb the ladder at our own pace.
  181. Study some, work some.
    Study some, work some more.
  182. The most important takeaway is that you
    never stop pursuing your goals and dreams.
  183. The structure of ACC's pathway system
    makes that climb manageable,
  184. and therefore your goals more obtainable.
  185. In this table, you'll see just a tiny
    sample of the kinds of careers
  186. open to Liberal Arts majors, and the kinds
    of money one can expect to earn.
  187. Note that these are mid-career averages.
  188. Entry-level positions pay less, and
    end-of-career positions earn more.
  189. Note also, all of these listed here will
    require more than an associate degree.
  190. But an Associate of Arts or
    transfer program in liberal arts
  191. puts you on the pathway
    towards your dream job!
  192. Wayne, what does that pathway look like?
  193. Well, Kerri, part of the idea behind
    ACC's Guided Pathways initiative
  194. and areas of study program is to
    provide a clear path through
  195. all the choices you'll need
    to make on your journey.
  196. As with any journey, it's a great idea
    to know where you want to go
  197. before heading off. However, no matter
    what your career goals are,
  198. in most cases, you will need a degree.
  199. So your first step is to
    start where you are!
  200. As we like to say here at ACC,
    "Start here, get there!"
  201. While at ACC, you can strive to earn
    at least 42 credit hours—
  202. about 14 three-credit hour courses—
    in the core requirements,
  203. most of which are in liberal arts;
    and you can transfer that entire bundle
  204. in the form of a core certificate
  205. to any public Texas four-year
    Bachelor's degree program.
  206. But even if you don't complete all 42
    credits, as noted on the previous slide,
  207. some college is better than none.
  208. Want to jump to the next level?
  209. Take another six or so courses and
    earn the Associate degree,
  210. which could open up more
    job opportunities,
  211. but even more importantly,
    qualifies you to transfer
  212. to all Texas public universities,
  213. as well as many private colleges
    across the country.
  214. And once you transfer, earn another
    60 hours—about 20 more courses—
  215. in a specific field of study,
    and earn a Bachelor's degree
  216. in your program of choice.
  217. The main credential for most
    good-paying jobs,
  218. as well as a prerequisite for all
    graduate degrees.
  219. But be careful. You want to be focused,
    and take certain courses in a certain
  220. order, and you want to do well
    in those courses.
  221. So before you take your
    first step on this journey,
  222. consult with an ACC advisor;
    use ACC's online Degree Map tools;
  223. and visit with the ACC Transfer Academy
    to learn the most efficient paths
  224. to earning an ACC core certificate
  225. and then, the ACC Associate degree,
    and then transfer to the four-year college.
  226. It's good advice, Wayne!
  227. Keep in mind, the courses you take
    and how well you do in them
  228. are crucial to your success.
  229. Your college transcript will
    follow you your entire life,
  230. into the job market and beyond.
  231. So make sure you use all the resources
  232. ACC has put in place
    to ensure your success!
  233. Now, not all your learning need be
    in the classroom or lab.
  234. In fact, some of the deepest and most
    authentic learning happens in the
  235. real world, in collaboration with others.
  236. ACC Liberal Arts offers a
    wide range of opportunities
  237. for unique learning experiences.
  238. First, you can complete the 42 core
    requirement courses
  239. on any of ACC's campuses.
  240. We also offer a rich catalog of
    online courses so you can fit
  241. your studies around the realities
    of your work and family life.
  242. We also offer exciting opportunities to
    extend your education to the real world.
  243. Our government department offers
    internship opportunities at
  244. Texas State Capitol every spring.
  245. You can also study anthropology,
    sociology, English, and foreign language
  246. in other countries through the
    Study Abroad program,
  247. to amazing places like France,
    Spain, Russia, and Peru!
  248. Our Service Learning program allows you
    to gain credits and knowledge
  249. through the hands-on experiences
    in the community.
  250. And our cultural centers at
    Riverside and Eastview
  251. give you the opportunity to
    gather, study, and enjoy
  252. extracurricular events with
    Latinx and African-American peers.
  253. There's really so much more than
    just the classroom in the well-rounded
  254. student experience.
  255. Speaking of the well-rounded
    college experience,
  256. it's no secret that the life of a student
    can be lonely and difficult
  257. while juggling all the responsibilities
    of school, work, and life.
  258. But now, you're not alone on your journey.
  259. In fact, ACC has a special division
    dedicated solely to enriching
  260. and enhancing the college experience
    for students just like you.
  261. Student Life offers a range of events,
    opportunities, and services to help you
  262. connect with ACC and other students—
  263. services such as group and personalized
    coaching for first-year students,
  264. to help ease the transition from
    high school, or the military,
  265. or opportunities to work with other
    students on service learning projects.
  266. You can also meet with, or perhaps
    eventually become, a Riverbat ambassador,
  267. who is a student just like yourself,
    specially trained to help other
  268. ACC students navigate the ins
    and outs of college life.
  269. Do not forget to take advantage of the
    free workshops that focus on
  270. study skills, financial management,
    interpersonal skills, and more!
  271. Did you know that research on student
    success reveals that those who are
  272. more engaged with the school
    and other students can actually be
  273. more successful than those who just
    focus on coursework and jobs?
  274. It's true!
  275. At ACC, Student Life in various
    Liberal Arts departments and programs
  276. work together to create clubs
    geared toward student interest.
  277. In fact, many clubs are started by
    students themselves, in cooperation
  278. with a sponsoring faculty member
    and student life staff.
  279. Have a special interest or passion,
    something you were always curious
  280. about but didn't have time to pursue?
  281. Wanna meet and socialize with those
    who share your interests and passions?
  282. Join one of the many Liberal Arts clubs!
  283. And, by the way, membership and
    especially leadership roles in student
  284. organizations really stand out
    on a resume, to distinguish yourself
  285. from those with similar
    areas of study and GPAs.
  286. Great for networking down the road, too.
  287. Grades are not everything
    these days, Wayne!
  288. To stay competitive in both the college
    admission and career arenas,
  289. a student needs to be well-rounded.
    The Athenians had the right idea:
  290. arm yourself with a solid education,
  291. and you will be better prepared
    to take over the world!
  292. Hungry for more information?
  293. Keep current on all things liberal arts
  294. by following us on social media sites
    like Twitter and Instagram.
  295. Just search @ACCLiberalArts.
  296. I hope we have answered some of
    your questions regarding liberal arts
  297. at Austin Community College,
    and the world of higher education.
  298. Please stay tuned for more in-depth
    look at the life of the college student
  299. and the ins and outs of class
    registration and degree planning.
  300. Thank you for your time!
  301. And go out there and follow your passion!
  302. After hearing from your area of study
    faculty coordinator,
  303. if you're still not certain which
    program is right for you,
  304. you will have the opportunity
    to explore careers and majors
  305. in a mandatory student success course,
  306. "Effective Learning:
    Strategies for College Success."
  307. This course will include
    two career assessments:
  308. Focus-2 and Campus2Careers.
  309. Focus-2 is designed to allow you
    to explore potential occupations
  310. based on your skills,
    interest, and personality.
  311. Campus2Careers offers you the opportunity
    to access the Austin job market
  312. for those occupations you've been matched.
  313. ACC offers specialized sections of this
    course depending on your program.
  314. Next we're going to review resources that
    are available to you at ACC as a student.
  315. Learning Labs. That's free tutoring!
  316. Tutoring can be subject-specific or
    can be in general skills, such as writing.
  317. They offer drop-in assistance,
    or you can schedule an appointment.
  318. They offer one-on-one and
    group study sessions.
  319. Libraries are also a place for resources.
  320. You can find books,
    periodicals, videos, audio.
  321. They offer computer and printer access.
  322. They also offer experts who can help you
    with research for a class assignment,
  323. essay review, thesis statement
    support, and other options.
  324. Libraries offer quiet study rooms
    and online tools galore.
  325. So please stop in and check 'em out!
  326. Supplemental instruction.
  327. This is peer-assisted study sessions in
    traditionally difficult academic courses.
  328. Regularly scheduled out-of-class
    review sessions led by students
  329. who have successfully completed
    the course previously.
  330. You're able to compare notes, discuss
    readings, prepare tools to organize
  331. course materials, and other options
    to prepare for your class.
  332. The courses that are supported by
    supplemental instruction
  333. are labeled on the course schedule,
  334. or you can look on the SI website
    for the list of classes that offer SI.
  335. The Student Accessibility Services office
    offers academic accommodations for
  336. students with documented
    learning challenges.
  337. SAS office is at every single campus;
  338. they also offer interpreter services,
    assistive technology,
  339. testing accommodations such as
    additional test-taking time, note-takers,
  340. and other accommodations as necessary.
    They also offer temporary accommodations.
  341. For example, let's say you break your leg
  342. and you need extra time
    to make it to class.
  343. They can make sure that you
    work with your professors
  344. and get those accommodations in place.
  345. Time management for studying.
  346. It's very important to realize that
    you're gonna have to take your time
  347. outside of the classroom
    to be successful in college.
  348. You can't leave things at the door
    when you leave the classroom.
  349. In order to be successful in college,
    you're gonna have to spend additional
  350. times and hours depending on
    how many courses you're enrolled in.
  351. The chart shown here will show
    you what is recommended.
  352. Although it is a lot of additional hours
    suggested, the main takeaway is that
  353. we want you to realize, in order to be
    successful in your academic career,
  354. you will have to spend a lot of
    time outside of the classroom
  355. to manage your assignments.
  356. Academic standards of progress.
  357. In order to maintain good academic
    standing at Austin Community College,
  358. you must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
    If you receive all Cs or higher,
  359. you will be able to maintain that
    recommended required GPA.
  360. If your GPA falls below a 2.0 for the
    first semester, you will go into
  361. academic warning. This basically is just
    warning you of your status so that you
  362. can work on that next semester
    to raise your GPA.
  363. If your GPA falls below a 2.0
    for a second semester,
  364. you will then be placed
    on academic probation.
  365. At this point in time, you will be
    required to meet with a counselor.
  366. You will be given a specific set
    of classes and how many classes
  367. that you are able to take in order
    to focus on raising that GPA.
  368. If you fall below a 2.0 for a third
    semester, you will then reach
  369. academic suspension. At that point,
    you are unable to take any classes
  370. at ACC for two back-to-back semesters.
    The only exception is that we do allow
  371. students to take basic study
    skills classes during suspension.
  372. Course withdrawals.
  373. Withdrawing from a course is discouraged,
    and can negatively affect you.
  374. For example, financial aid eligibility
    requires that you maintain a 67%
  375. completion ratio. If you continue to
    withdraw from classes, you will clearly
  376. drop your completion ratio and therefore
    put your eligibility for financial aid
  377. in jeopardy. This also affects your money.
    If you have any refunds due to you,
  378. or balances due by you, you may have to
    repay some of your financial aid
  379. if you withdraw from your courses.
  380. Texas also has a six-withdrawal limit,
    meaning you are only allotted six total
  381. withdrawals in your undergraduate
    career. That's while you're here at ACC,
  382. and if you plan to pursue an
    undergraduate program.
  383. ACC also has what we call the
    Third Course Attempt, or Rule of 3.
  384. If you attempt a class
    for a third time or more,
  385. you will be charged additional
    tuition for that class.
  386. The main reason for this is not
    to punish students,
  387. but really to encourage them
    to be academically prepared
  388. for the courses that
    they are registering for.
  389. If you're an international student here
    on an F-1 visa, you may affect your
  390. visa status and your immigration status
    by withdrawing from courses.
  391. The main thing we want students to focus
    on when it comes to course withdrawals
  392. is that it's highly recommended to come in
    and talk to an advisor and counselor
  393. before you withdraw from classes.
  394. If you're also receiving services from
    financial aid, veterans affairs, or the
  395. International Students office, we
    recommend you talk to them before
  396. withdrawing from classes as well.
  397. Scholastic Achievement Awards are given
    for semesters in which you complete
  398. a minimum of 12 credits. Notification
    appears on your grade report and
  399. transcript for each fall-spring semester,
    as well as on your diploma, if your
  400. cumulative GPA qualifies for any of the
    mentioned achievements on this slide.
  401. At ACC, we have advisors and counselors
    that can both help with academic course
  402. planning and transfer services.
    The difference between an advisor
  403. and a counselor is that a counselor can
    help you when you have problems that are
  404. keeping you from being successful
    that are outside of the classroom.
  405. They can also help you if your GPA
    falls below a 2.0, or if your completion
  406. percentage falls below 67 percent.
  407. Program advising degree and career
    planning can be something that your
  408. faculty advisors, your faculty
    can help provide.
  409. Remember that faculty support is not
    limited to the ones who teach your classes.
  410. There are other faculty in your area of
    study who you can also connect with.
  411. Your faculty representative here
    today is a good example.
  412. You may never have a class with them,
    but they are now someone you know
  413. and can turn to.
  414. Your college education is
    a huge investment,
  415. so knowing how you will fund that
    investment is extremely important.
  416. There are many types of aid you can
    receive to help finance your education—
  417. some, like loans, that you
    have to pay back;
  418. others, like grants and
    scholarships, that you don't.
  419. Begin by filling out the FAFSA.
  420. We will discuss financial aid
    in further detail on the next slide.
  421. ACC also has a Student Money Management
    office that provides seminars and
  422. workshops you can attend to learn
    more about financial literacy.
  423. Managing your money; making a budget;
    long-term financial planning—
  424. these are the things you will
    learn at these workshops.
  425. ACC supports and provides assistance
    to students who would benefit from
  426. additional assistance to overcome
    challenges and complete their education,
  427. such as financial assistance for child
    care, textbooks, and connecting students
  428. with community resources outside of
    ACC that may be able to help students.
  429. Note that you must be
    eligible for financial aid
  430. to access Support Center services.
  431. You can also explore other options for
    funding such as grants, scholarships,
  432. work-study opportunities, or other loans.
  433. Contact an ACC Financial Aid
    office on any campus
  434. if you need help exploring your options.
  435. What are grants and scholarships?
    This is the free money.
  436. This is money that you do not
    need to repay the government.
  437. Loans. Loans must be repaid after
    earning your college credential.
  438. Work-study. This is something you can
    specifically apply for through FAFSA.
  439. This allows you to work
    up to 19 hours a week
  440. on the campus where you're
    taking your classes.
  441. Students who are active in the work-study
    program are not required to repay
  442. any financial aid they receive.
  443. Get connected. Student Life is a great way
    to get connected by getting involved
  444. with student life. They offer activities
    that contribute to and enhance
  445. your academic experience by providing
    opportunities for leadership and
  446. engagement within the ACC community.
    You can gain valuable leadership skills;
  447. community services; diverse awareness;
    you can enrich your college experience
  448. by participating in intramural sports
    and recreational activities, such as
  449. flag football, basketball (men's and
    women's), soccer (men's and women's),
  450. women's volleyball, and kickball.
  451. Student Life holds many events on all
    campuses all year long, such as
  452. the Riverbat Bash every September
    during Welcome Week.
  453. There are additional student clubs,
    organizations, student government,
  454. honor societies that will also provide
    you with the opportunities to
  455. get connected with other students
    who have the same interests as you.
  456. If you're a veteran, you can visit the
    Veterans Resource Center,
  457. which gives military and veteran
    students a central, one-stop location
  458. for obtaining essential support
    services such as VA certification
  459. and advising for VA benefits.
  460. The center also features a
    lounge area where students can
  461. connect with peers and participate
    in veteran-specific activities.
  462. If you're an international student you can
    visit the International Student office.
  463. They are located at the Riverside
    and Round Rock campuses.
  464. They have designated advisors on each
    campus, and can also provide general
  465. support for the unique challenges of
    being an international student
  466. living here in the Austin area.
  467. Study on campus. ACC offers open computer
    labs which are a quiet study space
  468. that are available at every campus.
    These labs will give you free access
  469. to computers equipped with internet
    access and up-to-date softwares to do
  470. research or finish assignments.
  471. At the ACC learning labs, you can also get
    free tutoring in a variety of subjects.
  472. Help with homework, study spaces,
    and much, much more.
  473. Libraries are also a place to go if you
    need books, DVDs, periodicals, copies,
  474. laptop checkout, assistance with
    research, and much more.
  475. College is another step in
    becoming a lifelong learner.
  476. The learning never stops.
  477. You will learn in your classes,
    on the job,
  478. and as you encounter
    new experiences in your life.
  479. There are lots of ways ACC can
    help you continue your education
  480. above and beyond your program.
  481. Transfer services can help you prepare
    to graduate from ACC and transfer to
  482. a four-year school like
    Texas State or UT Austin.
  483. They'll help you review transfer guides
    to make sure the courses you take
  484. at ACC will be accepted for credit and
    toward a degree plan at the college
  485. you plan to transfer to. We also offer
    reverse transfer, which allows you to
  486. bring your classes back to ACC and
    potentially complete your Associate's
  487. degree after you've transferred out.
  488. Career Services,
  489. here to help students develop
    job-search skills and locate employment.
  490. Campus2Careers at ACC will match
    you with the best jobs based on
  491. your profile so you can learn more
    about those best choices.
  492. ACC also has the Continuing Education
    Division, which offers courses that do not
  493. count for academic credit, but can help
    you develop new knowledge and skills.
  494. Custom-designed curriculum, coursework,
    and valuable industry certifications
  495. such as Microsoft certification, certified
    nurse's aid, project management
  496. certification, and more are
    designed to enhance job skills
  497. or to explore other interests.
  498. Advisors and counselors are available
    to help you determine the best path
  499. to complete your Associate's
    degree and transfer.
  500. Start now to research your transfer
    schools. You can also attend transfer
  501. events and meet university recruiters
    here on an ACC campus.
  502. Consider whether to
    graduate before transferring,
  503. or earn the degree after you transfer.
  504. ACC offers a university transfer/
    core curriculum and choice of
  505. Associate's degrees, many designed
    specifically for students who want to
  506. transfer and apply ACC credits
    towards a Bachelor's degree.
  507. If you do intend to transfer, you can
    meet with your advisor to access
  508. these transfer guides, which guarantee
    classes that are going to transfer out.
  509. Career Services. Our office provides tools
    that help you discover your career
  510. path and course of study. Bring your
    assessment results to your area of study
  511. advisor for career advising. You'll get
    feedback on your career and major
  512. findings, and learn how to connect your
    results to an actual degree plan.
  513. ACC Career Services offers two options
    to our students and alumni searching
  514. for jobs and internships. We have job
    boards to get started on your job search!
  515. Tech tools—Degree Map.
  516. An interactive online tool to monitor and
    make changes to your academic plans.
  517. This program allows you to view degree
    details, your profile, explore and compare
  518. programs offered at ACC. You can also
    access your advising plan and log
  519. if you want to review older
    advising sessions.
  520. The link to view the current and
    future semester course listings
  521. is located in the top-right corner
    of our home page.
  522. We offer a variety of teaching
    sessions that range from
  523. 16-week to 12-week to as
    little as eight weeks.
  524. It's important to understand the
    difference between these sessions.
  525. Understanding your learning style
    will help you determine which
  526. teaching session is best for you.
  527. A short eight-week session is intense,
    but it covers the same amount of material
  528. that you would normally cover
    in a 16-week session.
  529. So you've gotta be very disciplined
    and determined to get that done.
  530. Classes and waitlists.
  531. It's important to understand how
    to read the course schedule.
  532. On this slide, let's take a look at
    arrow number one.
  533. It's pointing towards a section
    that has three seats available.
  534. The information in the brackets
    helps understand what this means.
  535. The first number, 33, is the number
    of currently enrolled students.
  536. The next number, 36, is the
    number of maximum seats.
  537. And then the third number
    is the number of people on the waitlist.
  538. If you look at arrow number two,
    it starts off with a capital C.
  539. This indicates that this section is full.
  540. That means it's closed for any registration
    and there is no waitlist available.
  541. The third arrow points to a
    section that has one C.
  542. What this indicates in the brackets is
    that 35 seats out of 36 have been taken,
  543. and nobody's on the waitlist.
  544. The fourth and final arrow indicates
    that there's a capital X.
  545. This is an indication that this section
    was canceled by the institution,
  546. either due to low enrollment or no
    faculty available to teach this section.
  547. Schedule building. As I mentioned before,
    it's important to understand your
  548. learning style because this will help
    dictate if you're gonna enroll in a
  549. 16-week session, 12-week session,
    or a short, intense 8-week session.
  550. Make sure you weigh the pros and cons,
  551. especially when it comes
    to distance learning.
  552. Distance learning sessions mean that
    you're teaching yourself to a book
  553. and access to a professor via email.
  554. When selecting classes, make sure
    that you pick those that you can
  555. and will attend. If you're not a morning
    person, please don't enroll in a class
  556. that starts at 8 A.M. in the morning.
  557. Balancing your schedule is also
    just as important.
  558. Please know that we offer classes as
    early as 7:30 in the morning,
  559. and the last one could potentially
    end at 10:20 at night.
  560. But we also offer Monday/Wednesdays,
    Tuesday/Thursday classes, and then
  561. Friday/Saturday-only classes.
  562. So understanding those options
    will also make a big difference
  563. in picking out a schedule
    that is well balanced.
  564. You should also be aware of any
    special notes or instructions
  565. about particular course sections.
  566. These can be found on the course schedule
    right underneath the section itself.
  567. Tech tools. Another tool that you can use
    to help complete your registration
  568. is called Self-Service. This tool allows
    you to create course schedules,
  569. plan and register for classes, manage
    your financial aid, view your grades,
  570. track your degree progress, and also
    receive notifications about any
  571. registration holds that you may have.
  572. Almost there!
  573. Let's talk about your next steps to getting
    registered and starting your classes.
  574. Register and pay.
  575. Remember, you will use Student
    Planning to register.
  576. You can use online tutorials, or if you
    need help, come in and see an advisor.
  577. Tuition and fees can be found on the ACC
    website. You have until your tuition
  578. deadline to pay your bill in full,
    or your classes will be dropped.
  579. ACC's payment plan can help if you can't
    pay your full tuition by the deadline.
  580. You may pay via Online Services,
  581. or go to any campus' Cashier's
    Office to pay in person.
  582. Parking and transportation.
  583. Use the online system to order your
    parking permits; green car tags, which
  584. are for special parking spots designed
    for environmentally friendly cars;
  585. carpool passes; and/or the green pass,
    which is good for CapMetro on both
  586. the bus and the train system.
  587. You'll be responsible for getting your
    own textbooks; however, we will provide
  588. a list of the ones you are required to
    purchase based on the classes
  589. you're signed up for. You can go to your
    online services, under "Academic Profile,"
  590. and click "My Textbooks." Select the
    correct term in the drop-down menu.
  591. If you need to, you can contact the
    instructional department if your textbook
  592. information is not available.
  593. Important! It is very important to note
    you are not required to purchase your
  594. textbooks from the ACC bookstore. You can
    search online, or in a used bookstore.
  595. You can also rent textbooks
    at a much cheaper price.
  596. Pay attention to the edition of the book,
    as these can vary from one to the next.
  597. Also be careful about books
    with online components.
  598. The previous owner may have used the
    access code for your online resources,
  599. and you may not be able to access them.
  600. Get to class!
  601. Always print out your class schedule
    through your Online Services.
  602. Make sure you know where your
    classes are located,
  603. what campus, building, and room number;
  604. make sure to note when they begin and end
    in addition to the session start time;
  605. also note whether a class
    has been canceled.
  606. Congratulations on completing your
    area of study information session!
  607. You are officially a Riverbat.
  608. If you have any questions
    following this session,
  609. or would like to schedule
    an advising appointment,
  610. you can access the ACC area of study
    advising website at austincc.edu/advising.
  611. You can then select
    the appropriate advisor
  612. based on your area of study
    and/or home campus.
  613. Gooo Riverbats!